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After an up-and-down start to the year, the University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team is starting to find its feet heading into the business end of the season.Both players and head coach Danny Westerman described their start to the season as “slow” but in recent weeks, the team has really hit its stride, gaining a perfect five wins from five outings in March.Westerman said their recent success was down to a consistent team effort with a focus on doing the basics right.“I thought our energy, our enthusiasm and our competitiveness was a step stronger and in very close matches those are things we can control, and we did a really good job of that,” Westerman said. “I think we’re playing our best tennis of the year, so our guys are really excited to keep playing every weekend.”How three-point shot came to be, according to Bo RyanBasketball ebbs and flows. The style of play has changed so much over the years that a game from 1960s Read…Though their win streak came to an end at the hands of number two ranked Ohio State last weekend — their first loss on home court this season — the team is still confident.They will look to continue their fine run of form in April as they finish off Big Ten play and head towards the Big Ten Tournament at the end of the month.The Badgers currently sit fifth on the Big Ten ladder, with a record of 11 wins and seven losses. This is a position they will look to improve on, as there is still plenty of tennis to be played with six remaining Big Ten Conference matches left on their schedule.These six matches include matches against No. 8 Illinois and No. 11 Michigan. Both teams sit above them in the Big Ten standings.Bucks in six? All eyes toward playoffs in MilwaukeeThe Milwaukee Bucks currently sit as the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference just one game ahead of the Read…But the team is not looking too far ahead and is focusing on every match as it comes. Sophomore Daniel Soyfer said “every match is just as important from here on.”Another factor that has played a major role in the Badgers recent success has been the quality of their doubles play — having picked up the doubles point in 13 of their 16 matches this year.Having success in the doubles doesn’t just come by chance either. Westerman said they spend more than their fair share of time practicing the doubles’ discipline.“It’s a daily focus of ours, we practice doubles a great deal, in terms of timing we do it for much more than just the one point of a dual match because we know how critical that first point is,” Westerman said.Returning and serving: Badger volleyball enters spring retaining 15 players from last year’s teamThe University of Wisconsin volleyball team will play their spring schedule in the coming weeks with a series of three Read…Leading the charge in doubles play are seniors Chema Carranza and Josef Dodridge. Holding an 8-0 record, they are ranked number two in the nation and have yet to lose a doubles match this spring.Following close behind is the pairing of junior Osgar O’Hoisin and sophomore Daniel Soyfer, who have a record of 10–3 playing together this season. Their impressive doubles play has seen them make their way into the ITA national rankings at No. 89.Soyfer described his and O’Hoisin’s entry into the rankings as “a great feeling” and added, “we have beaten a couple of ranked teams along the way so it felt great to finally make it to the rankings.”Women’s tennis: Slumping Badgers fall short in final home match against Ohio StatePrior to the match on April 8, the University of Wisconsin women’s tennis team was eager to close the at-home Read…With these pairs in lead, the Badgers’ impressive showings in doubles play are no accident.Westerman believes the team’s play in doubles is a representation of the culture they have built.“We pride ourselves on playing as a unit, playing as a team and doubles is kind of an obvious reflection of our team culture.”With matches every weekend and the Big Ten Tournament approaching, the team needs to ensure they stay fresh and healthy.March Madness: Villanova, DiVincenzo dismiss Michigan for national titleSitting atop the College Basketball world for the second time in three seasons, Villanova University defeated the University of Michigan Read…To help achieve this, Westerman said they will keep their typical Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday practices but perhaps slightly tone down the intensity and duration. But don’t be mistaken — this doesn’t mean the team will be slacking off.“We’re going to keep pushing them,” Westerman said. “Our guys are pretty motivated to practice so it’s pretty easy to get them going.”
The former England captain arrived at the university’s campus to coach some young footballers.Thousands of fans and students, who had been waiting for hours in anticipation of catching a glimpse of their hero, invaded the university’s football pitch the moment he arrived.Those who had been left outside the gate broke the security cordon in a stampede which resulted in at least five people being taken to hospital.A kick-about with the university’s footballers had to be cancelled because of safety fears, and David Beckham issued an apology on his recently opened Weibo account.“Sorry I couldn’t get out on the pitch to see the teams. It was impossible to get through the massive crowds,” he wrote, wishing the injured “a speedy recovery.”